1. State your reason for writing, which is to request for a reference letter.
  2. Describe the purpose for the reference letter.
  3. Close respectfully and state your appreciation. Make sure you also give the person the option of not writing the letter if he does not wish to.


[Senders Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Letter Date]

[Recipients Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Subject: Normally bold, summarizes the intention of the letter] -Optional-

Dear [Recipients Name],

I hope this finds you well. I am writing to ask whether it would be possible for you to provide a reference for me.

I am currently seeking employment and a positive reference from you would enhance my prospects of attaining my career objectives. With your permission, I would appreciate being able to use you as a reference to attest to my qualifications for employment, and the skills I attained during my time at XocoYum Company.

Please let me know if you would be willing to provide a reference for me. If there is any information you require or if you need anything regarding my experience to assist you in giving me a reference, please let me know.

Thank you for your consideration.


[Senders Name]
[Senders Title] -Optional-

[Enclosures: number] - Optional -
cc: [Name of copy recipient] - Optional -